The Owl and the Pussycat

My buddy, Denise, gave me this linen tea towel. She told me the kitty reminded her of our kitties. I agree. Plus I love that owl, the peeg and the birds in the tree. Written at the bottom is “The Owl and the Pussy Cat” and “100% Linen made in Ireland”. Nice! I thought, “Is this a story?”, googled it, and found a poem by Edward Lear – an English poet best known for his literary nonsense – literary nonsense? I love this guy! I think I need to research more about literary nonsense.
Here’s part of the first stanza…

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.

What’s nonsensical about that? Anyway, the story goes on about the pig with the ring in his nose. It’s an excellent story. Click here for the whole story.

Tonight I had a idea for the teatowel! What if I tried using that trick where you use starch as temporary “glue” for attaching fabric to the wall? I heard about it on the Nate Berkus show a few months ago. Aha! I actually researched starch in Canada and it turns out we don’t sell it in buckets like they do in the States. Apparently it’s flammable (?) I’m not sure that’s correct, so don’t quote me on that. But I did find it in spray can form (see why I think I got that flammable thing wrong? Why put a flammable liquid in a pressurized can?) ANYWAY, I found spray starch in a can and tried that.

It took many, many squirts, but it worked! I put the fabric on the wall and it stuck!

Woohoo! And when I want to take it down, it won’t ruin the wall – I can just spray some water on it and it will come right off.

I’ll monitor it for a few days to monitor “wall retention” before I call it 100% successful. I’ll report back to you then.

And for those of you who commented on the last post – “I can’t live without my…” I loved your responses! Even the guy that said, “oxygen”. Sheesh. I’d like to add one more thing – I can’t live without my literary nonsense! 🙂


  1. MJ Ankenman says:

    I reminder that story from my childhood. I used to get a picture book out of the library that it was in. Thanks for bringing back great memories.

  2. michelle says:

    i had a very nice picture book of nursery rhymes, including the owl and the pussycat … which i might still have buried at mom and dad’s … and my mom, who worked in daycares for a good chunk of her life, used to know all these nursery rhymes by heart.

  3. Lelainia N. Lloyd says:

    I hang everything on my walls that’s light enough with straight pins-they don’t make big holes and I match the colours of the pin heads with the piece so it blends right in.

  4. Leah says:

    That is a lovely tea towel. What a nice friend you have!
    I am trying to wrap my head around you never having heard that rhyme before. I am convinced you had a deprived childhood.
    I love that you have starched it onto your wall. Starch is a thing I would like to know more about in a vague sort of way. I have spray starch. hum. . .

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